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Im trying to get the window cranks off and its driving me nuts!!!

I know there is a little clip in there that holds it on, but I"ve spent 35 minutes on BOTH doors pushing the door panel back and prying a screw driver in there and trying to hold a light and so far I can't even SEE the stupid thing. Im about this close -| |- to just grabbing a hold of the thing and ripping it off.

Anyone have any tricks on how to get those dang things off?!?!?!?
 

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Those are common clips to alot of cars. Most car parts places sell a simple little tool that pops them off. They sell for maybe 5 bucks. Mine only takes the clip half way off so you don't loose it. They are well worth the money to get and keep around.
 

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.....and where did you get this thing and is it called a "crank handle clip taker offer thingy" or has it some other formal name?
 

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voodoou, it's a very common GM style clip, from the 50's and up. Just look for the "GM Window Doo-Hicky":p . Fords went to a center screw in the 60's, which was bad if it got wet and rusty.
 

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I got the most rescent one from Parts America and it is called a window crank remover, in the parts section. All it is, is a piece of thin sheet metal with a cut out to force the clip off. You don't even have to look at the clip to use it. On a GT it goes between the plastic ring and the handle. You push it between the two, rotate the handle until it pushes the clip off. Rotating the handle is just to find which way the clip was inserted. Sure beats roughing up a door panel.
 

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By the way, my problem is that I cant even SEE the clip.
 

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Sounds like a trip to the parts store is in order.
 

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Before we got a clip remover we used to use an old choke cable from a 50s GM cut off about 6" long with the end hooked, still semiflexible and you could reach in and fish for the hook from either side until you found it. The clip remover is a great tool, ours doubles as a panel popper for the Jesus clips that hold things like door panels in place.
 

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Tomorrow to the parts store it is. I need 10 guage wire fo r my harness anyway.
 

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Got the crank thingy and the wire for under 12 bucks. COOL, now Ill see if that thing works tonight.
 

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Holy Crap. 1.2 Minutes and they are both off !!!!!!!!

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Clip Remover

Glad you got your winders off! 1.2 minutes is a bit slow:D

The tool is also made by KD Tools of Lancaster PA and has tool number of #431.

Here is a picture of it:
 

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Well, I might add that the 1.2 minutes also included taking off the arm rest and then dohicky behind the door handle on the drivers side door.
 

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Practice Makes Perfect!

Sorry I was a bit late in getting a pic of the tool up for you but I thought it deserved to be shown for general info.
Tried to use my digital camera but the numbers would not show up so I put it on the scanner in the end!

That tool is one of the most frustration reducing thingies ever made.........
 
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